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Lathe problems! What would you do?

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Re: Lathe problems! What would you do?

Originally Posted by stenger View Post
I just purchased a good new lathe that cost me a lot of money. I dont want to disclose the name at this time because i dont want to bash anyones product. I took a lot of time and care to transport the lathe and it also cost me a lot of money and time to transport the machine. When I arrived home I put it in my shop and took it out of the crate. I found two spots of rust with pitting on the lathe ways approx. two inches long about a foot up from the head stock. I have waited almost two weeks to get an answer from the manufacturer about the problem. I sent them pictures and they want to know if I would take compensation for the rust damage.
Well today I figured I would put power to the lathe and theses are the issues I found

1. The foot brake was off the motor pulley
2. A safety switch was mounted wrong, thus causing the machine not to work ( i fixed this issue)
3. The lead screw is not working.

normally the lead screw is driven off the output gear in the quickchange gear box. This is usually with a woodruff key, but have seen standard keys in some cases. The reason you had so much trouble engaging the half nut was because the screw was not turning and all parts were still very tight. It's not a recommended idea to engage the half nut without the lead screw turning. Guys do it all the time, I know but they're also damaging the half nut. To replace the half nut and adjust it, is not one of my favorite jobs! Most of the time you have to remove the carriage from the apron

4. The half nut lever and feed screw lever are not working properly. They are bind real hard and are hard to move.
5. The spindle rotation lever was out of adjustment, Thus causing the machine not to work ( i fixed this problem)
6. The gear box sometimes jumps out of gear.

If your refering to the spindle gear box, you got a serious problem! But fixable. If it's the quick change gearbox, it's not anybetter to fix. (one of my all time least favorite lathe repair jobs, right next to the half nut)

I think i should get another machine delivered to my shop at no cost.

They are calling me tomo. to discuss the issues.

What would you all do?
the rust on the ways is not all that hard to take care of, but that's only what you see. There's probably rust under the slide and carriage. Probably rust inside the spindle cavity and tail stock as well

There's really no discussing a new machine. They either fix it on location, or replace it. I've had some expensive pieces of equipment come in damaged or just were not right, and they fixed them without a problem. Never trust a dealer to fix a machine, no matter how good they claim to be! Always have the factory send their folks in to do the job (warranty work).
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